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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

We'll Weather Together...

 Paper Pumpkin kit for March 2020, "No Matter the Weather" could not have been any more appropriate for what's going on in our world right now with the COVID-19 Coronavirus. These were very fun to put together...

 I made four of these. OBVIOUS that the roll of twine enclosed wasn't going to do ALL the cards in the kit, I used my own orange twine on these...

 I made three of these. I think they'd be great "congratulations on your pregnancy" cards. TWO family members are pregos... how fun!!

I LOVED this card! So apropos. I know exactly who could use this reminder. Yes, we ARE all in this together... stay well, stay sane and stay safe peeps. :)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

And the Gnomes Have It...

 These were such an ordeal for me to finish. I first starting working on them on Sunday, December 15th of last year. By 9am, I had posted a very happy picture on Instagram of how much fun I was having putting them together. It reminded me of my paper dolls when I was little. But, an hour later, I learned that my mom's cat, whom I had adopted a couple months previously, had been struck and killed just a block away. I couldn't look at these again without feeling my broken heart...

 But, finally, they are finished. I'm hoping by the time Christmas rolls around again, my bad memories will be long gone when looking at these guys... here's hoping!

The Gnome is by Simon Says Stamp, the sentiment strip by Taylored Expressions and the paper from some plaid note-cards I took apart...

Friday, March 20, 2020

Oldie Moldie Challenge...

 In one of my cardmaking groups, this past weekend, we had a challenge to use things in our stash that hadn't been used in a long while. Here's my entries...

 This one, I had had these Gina Marie Designs dies for well over a year... my bad! I used my Distress Oxides on the background and the pieces I used to die-cut the moon, clouds, sun and stars...

 This one too, is a Gina Marie Designs set...

 Then I decided to tackle a 6" x 6" pad I've had for many moons AND a stamp sentiment I have always loved. I made three of these...

As I was working on these Scrappy Backgrounds, I realized I could polish off the pad. Oh what fun that was!!! So, one weekend, ten cards... YAY!! 

I really loved the Gina Marie set with the moon, sun, stars and clouds. Which is YOUR favorite? 


Saturday, February 29, 2020

Paper Pumpkin February 2020, Lovely Day

 My first "official" paper Pumpkin kit arrived last week. I dived in almost immediately. My kit was sent on the second wave and because of that, I saw LOTS of inspiration in the Paper Pumpkin Facebook Group from mid-month on. All nine of these are what is supposed to come out of the kit. I did cut all card bases in half so, there are potentially nine more I can make. THEY will be "alternatives" since I've used up all the die-cuts and foil stickers...

 I did this one first, adding the strip of razzleberry between the two pink background papers. I also cut the pieces down so there would be a white border all the way around...

This one had a slightly colored background that we stamped the flower over. I added more color with a paint brush and the enclosed Rococo Rose ink spot. I colored in the center with a yellow colored pencil and then added Glossy Accents to that same center and added glittery Nuvo drops to the berries...

 This one I colored in the cake with my Prismacolor Pencils, doing my best to match the card base. I maybe, did it ok? It's not a perfect match but it'll work. :)

What a BEAUTIFUL and fun kit this was! I can't wait to work on alternatives...

Update: 3-29-20 A couple alternatives using the stamp set and altering the enclosed envelope...

Update 4-6-20 Completed these alternatives this past weekend. More of the stamp set, Copic colored, inserts from envelopes as background paper, vellum, LOTS of bling and a layered "smile" die-cut. NICE!!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Paper Pumpkin Kit...

All these cards were made from the February 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit called "Grown With Kindness". It is one of three I purchased from my mentor on my last visit to her in mid-January out in California...

As soon as I returned home to New Jersey, I made one each of the three card designs that were intended to come from the kit.

 These three are "alternatives". Fortunately, there are many examples of alternatives on both Instagram AND Pinterest...

 Two more alternatives. The "friend" die is from Simon Says Stamp...

When I finished the cards, I got out my Gelli-plate, acrylic paints and stencils and used the envelopes from the kit to make them as matchy matchy as possible to send with the cards... not too bad, eh?

I've heard about Paper Pumpkin for years but had never seen and felt one in person. Now that I have, I'm sold!! This kit was wicked awesome! Total # of cards made is eleven. In the first picture, all that is left from the kit is shown in the bottom left corner. Two card backs and some miscellaneous pieces. I cut card backs, when used, down to two pieces and mounted them on my own 110# card back. I also signed up to receive more Paper Pumpkin kits in the future, the first coming in THIS month. I CANNOT wait... :)

Thursday, January 2, 2020

New Year's Day Virtual Cardmaking Challenges...

 One of the cardmaking groups I am in, had a Virtual Cardmaking Day yesterday. Every two hours, starting at 8am and ending at 6pm EST, two new challenges were posted. Since I was actually HOME... and ALONE... I joined in!

 The first 8am challenge was to stamp a background for a Valentine card. Since this may be the only Valentine's I make this year, I made three. I used Stampin' Up's Gorgeous Grunge and Touches of Texture for the background.  I added die-cut hearts, washi tape, twine and bling... done! I called this "the one with the stamped background for Valentine's Day...."

 This challenge was at 12pm and was to make a card featuring a bird. I made one prior to this, entered it, then ripped it apart because I didn't like it. I named this "the one with the better bird..."

 One of the challenges at 2pm was to pick a card (either fellow cardmaker or Pinterest) and remake it. I chose one by a fellow cardmaker in the group, Renee. I called this "the one where I took someone else's idea and ran with it..." I can't seem to upload her card so I'll have to figure out why and add it later. I used three different washi tapes, a die-cut I received in a swap a long, long time ago, an embossing folder and bling...

This was one of the last two challenges at 6pm. It was to use anything floral on the card. I got out My Favorite Things "Stitched Blooms" and ran several colors through the Big Shot. The background is from a class I took at an LSS a couple months ago, relearning my Geli-plate. I called this "the one with anything floral on the card..."

SOOOO, a fun day! I only did four of the twelve challenges but it was great to add to my severely depleted stash... HAPPY NEW YEAR peeps!!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Watercolor cards...

So, the Monday before Thanksgiving, I spent the day with Susan Hiles, who lives north of me here in New Jersey. She taught me some free hand water-coloring. THIS was the first thing we did. It was so fun! I was amazed at how pretty it turned out. But wait, look below...

This week, I turned it into THIS card. OMG! I am SOOOOOO blown away!

This one had a slight learning curve. I kept wanting to go the wrong way with the points of the holly. I'm sure that makes absolutely no sense... LOL. But, look below for what happened with this...

DA BOMB!! Those Taylored Expressions strip sentiments work wonders to make magic. And, of course, a stitched die-cut and extra colored layers, sequins and Nuvo drops...

This one, as doing it, reminded me of something my grandmother had painted on porcelain. When I got home, I took a picture of my work next to hers, which btw, has a date of 1950 on the back. All her porcelain I had just acquired when my mother downsized this past April. NOW, look what I did with this piece...

OH MY GOD!!! This is so damn pretty! These three cards will dwell in my Studio for the next year. At that time, I may be tired of looking at them and I'll find an appropriate recepient. It would definitely have to be someone who would hold on to and cherish it... :)

MERRY CHRISTMAS PEEPS!! And thank you for following me this past year...